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  Bud Shank Quartet with Phil Woods: Bouncing with Bud & Phil
  "Bouncing with Bud & Phil, Live at Yoshi's"

Bud Shank (alto sax)
Phil Woods (alto sax)
Mike Wofford (piano)
Bob Magnusson (bass)
Bill Goodwin (drums)
Track listing:
  1. Bouncin' With Bud
2. Helen's Song
3. Nature Boy
4. Carousels
5. Summer Serenade
6. Gemma's Eyes
7. Minority
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Review by JW May 6, 2006 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Oakland, November 2004. Bud Shank was 78, Phil Woods 73. And you'd never know it. This is a gem, but it took me a while to realize it. This is a 'local' disc for me, living in the Bay Area, visiting Yoshi's, so had to have it for that reason alone. Alto sax is not my favorite sax. They can sound too shrill in the upper registers for my taste. And this disc, though very well recorded, needs a bit of TLC. After having treated it with cleaning fluid, black marker and played it with a CD mat the sound is grain free, immediate, live, dynamic and clean. It is one of the better live recordings I think.

This is 65 minutes of great jazz. The content has a nice combination of toe tapping swing, ballad and bebob. Most tunes are around 10 minutes so the band can stretch out and improvise around the jazz standards that were chosen for this set. Audience noise is pleasantly supportive of a live act. Because of the twists and turns of the improvisational flow, and flowing it does, it has taken me a while to get in to this music. It did not immediately grab me but steadily grew in stature and enjoyment. This is music that invites you to really sit down and listen to it. There is much to discover. By the way, don't get the impression from my description that this is anywhere near free jazz - I don't like that style at all. These gentlemen never loose track of the melody. It has not changed my mind on alto sax, but that is hardly something that can be used against the musicians or the recording. Great stuff.


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